So, I finally caught an episode of “Bound for Glory” on ESPN last night. You know the show about Montour High School’s football team and their efforts to win some games with the help of Dick Butkus’ extremely eloquent speeches, one of which last night went something like this:
“I understand that some of your parents feel like I am being too tough on you guys, and I just want to say from the bottom of my heart that I don’t give a shit.”
For real. Although they bleeped out “shit” so all you heard was “sh-beeeeeep.”
1. For reality television, I found this to be pretty slow and boring. Lots of shots of the school building, empty classrooms, empty football fields, the scoreboard, UPMC facilities (can you say “product placement”), empty bleachers, etc. No real drama other than injuries and the fact that the cheerleaders had no place to put their trophies until the Miami Heat cheerleaders came to town (did you know that some of the Miami Heat cheerleaders came to town!?) and seemed to be the catalyst for Montour actually getting a trophy case for the national champ cheerleaders. Drah-mah!
2. Why don’t I remember the part of the summer that was rainy and cold enough to require Dick Butkus to wear a jacket? I remember hellish heat.
3. The best quote of the night came from a player with the name of Singletary who was recovering from a concussion and was told by a UPMC doctor to play light and if he didn’t get any headaches, he could play against Albert Gallatin. On the first day of school, he said something along the lines of “I’m not looking forward to the learning. The learning really got a hold of my head. I wasn’t expecting to have to read and stuff on the first day of school.” So he got a headache it seems from the learning. Yeah, “the learning” can do that to you if you don’t warm up first.
4. The most hilarious part had NOTHING to do with football. That would be the scenes from the first day of school in what appeared to be choir or music class, as the teacher was leading the choir through a song that was about “happily running,” or “sunshine,” or “bubblegum filled happy land.” You get the picture. The kids really couldn’t keep a straight face as they tried to sing that crap.
5. There was a pep rally where Dick spoke to the entire school, and I got the sneaking suspicion that not one kid in that whole school knew who Dick Butkus was before he came to Montour. “My Two Dads” was before their time.